On Being Weird

by r fraser on Flickr
by r fraser on Flickr

I choose to be weird.

It didn't choose me. I could have been mainstream.

But a whisper inside, There is more.

What I thought I knew, now becomes what I once believed.

Seeking answers only unearths more questions.

And as my knowledge builds I find myself more alone.

A chasm stretches where there once was common ground.

Onward I go searching. Inward I go looking.

Death will of course bring truth.

But to find it first, that is the game.

A game worthy of my being weird.

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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis

When I saw the title, I thought this was going to be about me. Glad to have a new weird friend. Very nice. Have you always written poetry?


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goldentoad 7 years ago from Free and running....

I like weirdos, and their poetry.


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tony0724 7 years ago from san diego calif

I have always been aware that I do not fit Into the norm ,obviously I am In good company !


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goldentoad 7 years ago from Free and running....

tony, I agree, you really don't fit the norm.


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Patricia Costanzo 7 years ago from Behind the Redwood Curtain Author

Yes, I've always written poetry. Although at one time it was all rhymy and cute. Except when I went through my death phase that is...

Nice to know all you weirdos too!


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goldentoad 7 years ago from Free and running....

I have never been able to write poetry. I really like Jim Morrison, that's my favorite stuff, I got American Prayer in my truck at all times.


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AEvans 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

Unusual but unique , I love poetry, I just posted one "Freedom a tribute to our soldiers. Your poem is fascinating. :)


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Patricia Costanzo 7 years ago from Behind the Redwood Curtain Author

Thanks for Reading AEvans, I'll check yours out.


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Cris A 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

it's always been about our choices and how we go about what we set out to do. Interesting. thanks for sharing :D


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Benson Yeung 7 years ago from Hong Kong

I think you're not any more weird than life itself. thanks for sharing.


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Patricia Costanzo 7 years ago from Behind the Redwood Curtain Author

Cris, In this case I chose to be a seeker. Not always a popular choice. Thanks for commenting.

Benson, Yes life is weird once you stop playing the game and look at it. Thanks for reading.


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Benjimester 7 years ago from San Diego, California

I love it, especially the whisper that there is more. This poem is both insightful and entertaining, and that's a difficult combo. Very nicely done :)


C. C. Riter 7 years ago

wierd poem;-) liked it


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Patricia Costanzo 7 years ago from Behind the Redwood Curtain Author

Benji- Wow, thanks for the compliments!

C.C.- Wierd can be good, no?


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Lgali 7 years ago

another good poem


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blondepoet 7 years ago from australia

Hi Patricia wow I knew Goldentoad,C.C,Christoph,AEvans,Benson and ChrisA and myself were weird.Now you too and yet you look so beautiful,calm,cool and collected.Yahoooooooooooo another one bites the dust.Lol


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Patricia Costanzo 7 years ago from Behind the Redwood Curtain Author

You know what they say about still waters, blondepoet!


amy 7 years ago

I love your wierdness! It makes mine not stand out as much:)


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Patricia Costanzo 7 years ago from Behind the Redwood Curtain Author

Thanks for hanging out here on the fringe with me Amy, is less lonely now.


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sixtyorso 7 years ago from South Africa

I love your wierd poetry. Great stuff.


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Patricia Costanzo 7 years ago from Behind the Redwood Curtain Author

Thanks for reading sixtyorso. Weird it is.


C. C. Riter 7 years ago

wierd. isn't that kinky? are you kinky? i am. ha ha neat lil poem there girl


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JamaGenee 7 years ago from Central Oklahoma

C.C., kinky is only if you use the whole chicken instead of a feather. :}


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Patricia Costanzo 7 years ago from Behind the Redwood Curtain Author

C.C. this poem is about spirituality, so no not kinky.

JamaGenee, thanks for setting him straight.


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Constant Walker 7 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

I like this PC. Weird definitely chose me, and flourished the older I got. I noticed that weird was relative - as everyone I knew was 'weird,' - and it soon became normal, and normal became weird.

Wow ... that's deep!


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Patricia Costanzo 7 years ago from Behind the Redwood Curtain Author

You are deep! I've noticed that Oprah has made "weird" more mainstream. I used picture my self out on the edge, alone, feet dangling above the abyss. Now I look to the left, look to the right. What do you know, there are people put here.


C. C. Riter 7 years ago

Still being kinky I see. LOL


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Patricia Costanzo 7 years ago from Behind the Redwood Curtain Author

Still not, C.C.


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Constant Walker 7 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

Good to see that C.C finally found his old college picture and posted it as his avatar. ;-) But who's he trying to kid? We all know that looks nothing like him now.


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Patricia Costanzo 7 years ago from Behind the Redwood Curtain Author

I'm gonna have to google William Blake because I don't get the connection. I think he should use one of his new nude sketches as his avatar.


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Constant Walker 7 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

I changed my avatar - but it still isn't showing up anywhere but my profile and hubs.

PS: William Blake - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PqwoQPosIvM


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Constant Walker 7 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

Did you get the questions yet?


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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States

Normality is boring. You have it right. Nice poem.


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Constant Walker 7 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

OK ... now it's changed!


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Patricia Costanzo 7 years ago from Behind the Redwood Curtain Author

Constant I sent my answers in yesterday... shouldn't it come out today? Will I get instructions for the next step?


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Patricia Costanzo 7 years ago from Behind the Redwood Curtain Author

Are you weird too Tom?


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Patricia Costanzo 7 years ago from Behind the Redwood Curtain Author

Constant your link took me to vampires?


j me 7 years ago

This is just the start of the weird revolution. How exciting...Great Poem!


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Constant Walker 7 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

I don't remember when it comes out - might be today.  And ya, you'll get instructions, but the only thing you have to do is pick the next one and write 8 to 10 questions for him/her and send that info to Ryan Hupfer.

Doh! That's what I was working on at the time... A-hil!!

Here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_blake


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Constant Walker 7 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

It's out! If you don't already know that. Did you like doing the interview?


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Patricia Costanzo 7 years ago from Behind the Redwood Curtain Author

j me, it is exciting. I think the planet is changing.

CW- I actually liked the Lost Boys years ago but never saw that one.

Ya, your questions made it easy guess I worried for nothing.

Ryan doesn't give you much time to get your shit together though.


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Constant Walker 7 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

I only had a couple hours to answer my interview questions'cause funnebone "waited til the last minute" to send in his info.

I had your questions ready the same day my interview came out ... but then, what else do I have to do?


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Patricia Costanzo 7 years ago from Behind the Redwood Curtain Author

So you don't have small children, and a business to run Constant? Wanta switch lives for a week?


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jim10 7 years ago from ma

Great poem. I like weird. Normal is boring and over rated. Most fun and exciting things happen when weirdos are around so keep it up.


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Cindy Letchworth 7 years ago from Midwest, U.S.A.

How I can relate. Good poem.


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Patricia Costanzo 7 years ago from Behind the Redwood Curtain Author

Thanks for commenting jim10, I'm starting to see that people approve of my weirdness.

Cindy I'm glad you can relate. Join me on the edge of the abyss?


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Florida Keys 7 years ago from Jewfish Key Florida

I agree...normal is boring. I've been what people call a "Character" all my life. Now a character is someone you don't soon forget...and I gravitate to them. Good and bad. There are no indifferent characters. There are a few of them here on hubpages.....but I'm not going to name names.......like Pest, CC, Goldentoad, cindyvine, G-Ma, AE, Misty, blondepoet...........and now I find Patricia Costanzo is one too....my world is crumbling. I thought you were straight laced. If I didn't mention some of my favorite characters...forgive me.


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Patricia Costanzo 7 years ago from Behind the Redwood Curtain Author

My laces are straight. I carry my weirdness on the inside. :)


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Constant Walker 7 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

No thanks.  The small business might be fun - but kids?  Uh, no! I'm too busy supervising myself.

Apparently, after a certain age ... no one will supervise you any more. Can you believe that?!?!


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Patricia Costanzo 7 years ago from Behind the Redwood Curtain Author

Constant IF you have kids they WILL supervise you after a certain age. I here they'll even change your diapers.

So, I saw a picture of Ryan in a sling, is that why the Hubber of the week didn't come out?


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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States

My difference has been forgiven, but it is still there. Also I'm distractable...


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Tom Cornett 7 years ago from Ohio

People have called me weird all of my life....usually at weddings and funerals...I apologize a lot too. I love weird people...Thanks!!! :)


nazishnasim 7 years ago

The toil that comes with being weird

Is worth all the pain and tears ...

As death shall thee find

But with peace in thy soul left behind

Great poem. Couldn't have described the topic better.Touche!


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Patricia Costanzo 7 years ago from Behind the Redwood Curtain Author

Tom R. - That's nice that you're forgiven for your differences. When I "left the village" some people just didn't know what to do with the new, weird me. And some topics have become taboo. I've met a lot of nonconformists out here on the fringe though, that makes up for any loss.


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Patricia Costanzo 7 years ago from Behind the Redwood Curtain Author

Tom C - I think we are in good company. There are weirdos coming out of the woodwork. And quite good eggs they are.

nazishnasim - Nice work! You got my poem down to four lines and made it rhyme! Touche squared.


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kea 7 years ago

You're not weird, you're just an individual! You rock! Keep up the "weirdness"!


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Patricia Costanzo 7 years ago from Behind the Redwood Curtain Author

Kea, I think there is an abundant supply of weirdos on hubpages for some reason. A bunch of nonconformists.


gwennies pen 6 years ago

different, but I liked it!:)


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tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa

From one weird person to another - nice to meet you!

Love and peace

Tony


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Patricia Costanzo 6 years ago from Behind the Redwood Curtain Author

Well thanks gwennies pen.

Ah... nice to meet you also Tony.


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Enlydia Listener 6 years ago from trailer in the country

Weird is good once you embrace it...I wrote something like this in prose...it was about realizing I was not normal...and at grade school age being chagrined to realize that my real name Norma L(ydia) spelled normal...it felt like a joke on me.

It makes it hard to connect with other people...but you enjoy even more when you can connect...Blessings


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Patricia Costanzo 6 years ago from Behind the Redwood Curtain Author

Perhaps weird is just another name for old soul?


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epigramman 6 years ago

I will start getting weird if I don't keep reading your excellent hub space - and I should know - I am from Mars as a visitor - and this planet that you call Earth is definitely weird!!


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Patricia Costanzo 6 years ago from Behind the Redwood Curtain Author

Greetings epigramman. Martians are welcome here.


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pattilohr 5 years ago

Why did you not tell me you wrote this poem about me? haha. About me, about you....all the same....LOVE it!


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Patricia Costanzo 5 years ago from Behind the Redwood Curtain Author

Us and our midlife spiritualism makes us weird.


Doug Turner Jr. 5 years ago

Cheers to you, weird one. This was a unique piece and more soulfull than expected from the title. Well done. Peace.


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Patricia Costanzo 5 years ago from Behind the Redwood Curtain Author

Ummmm, did you just call me weird one? Funny thing is I think I like that title. I'm glad you like this, but I have written weirder.... don't let the smile fool ya.

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